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MUHAMMAD: Biden Won’t Win

Sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings, Never-Trumpsters. But I have to tell you, Joe Biden will not win the presidential election this November. It’s not that he can’t win. His problem is that he won’t do what he needs to do to win.

Democrats and Trump-haters were buoyed after he chose Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. That was a smart decision. Bravo Biden. But other than that, he’s wimping out. He thought he was “Bad” with that move, pulling out his switchblade. The only problem is that the Republicans have made this a hatchet fight.

When I first felt Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), or even Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) were better on the issues from the rest of the wacky Democratic primary field, I gave Biden a pass. I thought he might best be able to stand up, eyeball-to-eyeball in a debate with The Donald and back him down, and if need be challenge him to “step outside” to settle things if he tried some of that spooky stalking-stuff he did to Hilary Clinton in one of the 2016 debates.

But Biden has made so many stupid gaffes, till Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is suggesting that he not debate Trump! What? That’s Biden’s only asset, his potential ability to face down the Town Bully in a fair fight and show him up for being the empty-suit, windbag that he is!

Instead of getting out and engaging voters in every town and hamlet where there’s a voting booth, Biden seems content to want to campaign from the basement of his house in Delaware. What? He seems to want to let Harris, and Sanders, and Stacey Abrams, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Barack and Michele Obama, and other surrogates do the retail campaigning for him. Bad decision.

By contrast, I read recently that the Trump campaign has already knocked on 1 million doors, encouraging voters to turnout for their guy.

Worst of all, Biden is bubble-bath-soft on the issues. At the Democratic National Convention, he gave more time to Republican-defectors from Trump, than he did to his party’s core supporters. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Secretary of State Colin Powell got prime-time speaking slots, while Democratic rising star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) got less than 90-seconds, and then only to pro-forma second the nomination of Sanders before the vote that had already been decided.

Rather than keeping silent, the Biden campaign sucked-up to the AIPAC-lobby and condemned Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour, who was a speaker invited to appear before the Muslim Caucus because she is a strong supporter of Palestinian rights. Truth be told, nobody gives a rat’s patootie about the tiny Muslim vote, but in important swing states like Michigan, and Wisconsin, and Ohio, those few thousand Muslim votes could make the difference in the Electoral College outcome.

For his part, Trump is boldly and unabashedly courting the white, tribal, armed vigilante vote. He congratulated an anti-Semitic, Islamophobic QAnon candidate who won the Republican primary to represent the district where his Mar-A-Lago resort is located. When asked, he refused to condemn the race-haters, declaring: “I hear they like me.” The Ku Klux Klan has already formally endorsed Trump, and polls show that more than 50 percent of White voters intend to vote for Trump.

Instead of investing resources to go “all-in” on getting out the Black vote, the youth vote, the progressive vote, Biden is wincing at the label that he is a threat to the lily-white suburbs, and that his moderate, neo-liberal policies will lead the country to socialism.

Biden is making the Clinton mistake, believing that he can appeal to enough “reasonable” White voters in battleground states like Pennsylvania, to craft a victory. Silly Biden.

Obama was able to get away with his wimp-ism—kicking his Pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright to the curb; claiming to be a Constitutional scholar, but never once citing that the Constitution (Article VI Clause 3) says explicitly that there shall be “no religious test” for office, when the haters incorrectly charged Obama with being a Muslim. Obama got away with his 2008 wimp-ism (And I ought to know. I’ve got the “receipts,” the photo of him with Minister Louis Farrakhan that would have doomed his campaign). But Biden is a man with 70 years of absolute White Privilege behind him. What’s he got to be “skeered” of? Trump, the bully? Or does he just agree with the white-tribe rhetoric himself?

If Biden doesn’t quickly “grow a pair” he won’t win, not that he can’t win, but he will need to awaken the sleeping giant and produce an overwhelming voter turnout—mail-in-ballots or not–in every single state! He will need to excite something other than a loathing for the “deplorable” Mr. Trump, otherwise, he won’t win.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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